Drainage problem mulled, not resolved

BY LENA MITCHELL

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – City officials were briefed Thursday on the magnitude of a project to solve flooding problems that plague South Corinth during heavy rainfalls.

A comprehensive analysis to determine alternate solutions to the problem, estimate costs associated with each option and project how long it will take could require several months to complete, said Kent Geno of Cook Coggin Engineers, the city's consultant engineering firm.

Geno told the Board of Aldermen he could provide an estimate of how much the analysis would cost in “a couple of weeks.”

“The drainage problem around Crater Street has been there for several years and we've talked about ways to alleviate or help that situation,” Geno said. “We'd like to proceed with trying to get some work completed to repair that situation.”

The problem extends beyond the area bordered on the south by U.S. 72 and to the north by the Southern Railways line, an area of about 300 acres, he said.

The problem actually includes another 300 or so acres north of the Southern Railways line to Borroum Circle.

Once solutions to the problem have been more clearly defined, funding through the Community Development Block Grant program and/or Mississippi Emergency Management Agency's hazard mitigation funds might be available.

In the meantime, aldermen Bill Plaxico and Terrell Kingen wondered if there is any “quick fix” available to residents who experience 5- to 6-inch flood water entering their homes after heaving storms.

A possible solution might include creating water detention basins to store the water, then release it at specific times and in measured amounts, Geno said. This would require land upstream.

“We might build a basin to use until the new solution is put in,” Geno said.

Contact Lena Mitchell at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com